Types of Yoga and Pilates
Our classes cater to all levels of experience and fitness. Therefore when choosing a class it is important to ask yourself what you want to get out of your time with us. Are you new to Yoga and Pilates or seeking greater structure for your current practice? If so, Hello Yoga and Pilates will deepen your understanding of these forms of movement while providing a safe base for you to explore from. Are you looking for something to help you wind down? In this case, Meditation, Yin Yoga and Slow Yoga are fantastic for relaxing and gently opening both mind and body. If you are wanting more dynamic movement, Flow Yoga and Barre will get you feeling vibrant and sparkly with sweat. Last but certainly not least, if you want to strengthen the body and challenge your capability Grow Yoga and Power Pilates will expand your practice, building muscle strength and stability.
What does your body Need?
This class will help you build the foundations of a stable yoga practice. You will learn safe alignment in common yoga postures and how to breathe through your practice to release tension and increase mobility and stability. Our teachers provide step-by-step verbal description and frequent demonstration with a sprinkle of yoga philosophy, adding purpose to your practice. This class is perfect if you are new to yoga or want to focus on the basics to deepen your understanding of the practice.
As with all our classes, all ages, genders, levels of fitness and experience are welcome!
This steady paced class provides you with Pilates fundamentals to develop strength, coordination, stability and balance. We work on various muscle groups each class, specifically focusing on correct engagement of stabilising muscles to support good posture. This fun class will leave you a little sweaty and feeling muscles that you didn’t know existed!
This energising class style focuses on the unification of movement and breath. You will be guided through a steadily paced flow of constant movement with breath queues. This will enliven and warm your body, releasing any blockages while helping you build both strength and flexibility. You will develop greater mind-body awareness as you move fluidly from posture to posture. This class is particularly beneficial if you are looking to deepen your understanding of how your breath affects wellbeing. All while toning up and gaining mobility, strength and grace.
This dynamic class style will challenge you in a safe and supportive environment to facilitate growth in your practice. You will be inspired to explore your body’s capabilities with an in-depth focus on correct alignment and muscle activation. Different options are always provided by our teachers when moving to more challenging postures. We encourage you to listen to your body and take the option that best suits you. This class is great for anyone looking for a fun physical and mental challenge. You do not need to be an experienced yogi, just come along with an open mind, tap into your inner child and gain a greater understanding of what you are truly capable of!
Want to pick up the pace with more sweat, burn and tone? This class is for you! Using body weight, props and small repetitive movements, exercises target muscle groups that gym workouts often miss. Move to energising music, feel the burn and leave feeling longer and stronger!
These classes are a full body workout that fuse the best elements of ballet, Pilates, sports conditioning and stretching for a truly unique and fun experience. With the support of a ballet barre you will flow through a sequence of exercises ranging from smaller movements to isolate specific muscle groups to larger movements to get your heart pumping. This class is fantastic for building long, lean muscle and getting those good endorphins running!
This low intensity class style focuses on releasing tightness and tension in your body to help increase mobility and flexibility. You will leave feeling stretched, relaxed and rejuvenated. The slower pace of this class allows you the space to cultivate deeper awareness of your movement and breathing patterns, encouraging you to release any habits that are no longer serving. This class is fantastic for anyone looking to reduce stress and anxiety, to recover from injury, or for a perfect compliment to any strength training regime.
This practice targets the connective tissue of the body, fascia, which is often missed in more active styles of movement, as the body needs to be cool. Stretching the fascia will help you to increase joint mobility, flexibility and circulation. Yin postures are passive and mostly floor-based allowing you to completely surrender and disengage muscular effort. Postures are generally held for 3-5 minutes at a time using a number of props to maximise comfort. Long holds can be both physically and mentally challenging, requiring you to search for stillness in both mind and body. This stillness calms the mind and body, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.
This is a practice of concentrated focus to promote relaxation, reduce stress and increase awareness of the present moment. The point of focus for our classes is a guided visualisation that will lead you on a journey inward, enhancing personal and spiritual growth. Some of the many benefits of Meditation include increased memory, focus, communication abilities, tolerance and emotional stability. Recent research shows that a regular meditation practice may slow age related thinning of the frontal cortex, leading to longer lasting executive functioning.
Yoga for pregnancy
We do not have specific prenatal classes, but welcome mums-to-be into all of our yoga and barre classes. We recommend checking with your doctor before beginning any new forms of exercise.
Start off with Yoga Foundations and Yoga Stretch. Even if you have plenty of yoga experience,we encourage you to start with our slower classes to get familiar with the changes in your body and take time to connect inward. If you feel like picking up the intensity, Yoga Flow, Yoga Strength and Pilates Barre can take you there.
Just be sure to listen to your body and rest when you need to, it is important not to overheat. There will be some exercises/ poses that should be avoided throughout pregnancy. Our teachers will be able to guide you around these and give alternatives where needed. In general, avoid any movements that compress your belly or require strong abdominal activation (Lying prone, closed twists, crunches etc). If any movements make you uncomfortable, or dizzy, take a moment to rest. Pregnancy is not a time to push through discomfort, you have enough going on!
If you are looking for ways to relax the body and calm the mind, Yin Yoga and Meditation are amazing practices to have with you through your pregnancy journey. We do not recommend mat pilates (Pilates Basics and Pilates Power) during pregnancy.